Liliya and Horace: Burnaby Village Museum Wedding

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Liliya and Horace’s wedding was so much fun to photograph. It began with the tea ceremony in traditional Chinese clothing, moved on to the wedding ceremony in the cute little chapel in Burnaby Village Museum, and closed out the night at the Dockside restaurant at Granville Island. Naturally, the vintage 1912 carousel at the village was part of the photography, as was the old electric tram car.

The fun times, laughter, tears of joy, poignant speeches, hilarious costumes, beautiful bride, and dancing definitely exemplified a great wedding celebration. Liliya’s parents made the journey from the Ukraine to attend her wedding, but to also meet their other daughter’s toddler son for the first time, so what an incredible visit it would have been for them.

This being a Ukrainian-Chinese wedding gave a me a chance to try out the Russian I learned years ago in university, and my Cantonese as well – it is quite the challenge trying to think in three languages at once!

Congratulations to Liliya and Horace!

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Wedding: The chapel at Burnaby Village Museum

Reception: Dockside Restaurant at Granville Island Hotel

Fiona and Philip: Mayfair Lakes Wedding

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Fiona and Philip’s wedding was a huge, intricately planned affair. In fact, I have never seen a wedding planned to such detail and pulled off with such precision, yet still be a lot of fun. Well done, guys! Trust an army of helpers and friends and an incredible, 8-page schedule that moved everyone between Coquitlam, Burnaby, and Richmond. I think they should get into the planning business!

As with most Chinese weddings, there were the games and challenges at the bride’s house to prove the groom’s worthiness prior to seeing his bride-to-be, and tea ceremonies. Not to mention lots of food, red packets, relatives, and pictures!

To top it off, there was the beautiful setting at Mayfair Lakes, where they have a little peninsula by the clubhouse surrounded by lakes and greens perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony. That was followed by a quick formal session, and on to the dinner, speeches, more games, and a dance by Philip and Fiona.

 

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Venue: Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club, Richmond, BC

Amy and Michael: Queen Elizabeth Park Wedding

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Here are a few pictures from Amy and Michael’s wedding. These are the final edits and barring some minor white balance corrections and some selective retouching, they usually don’t need much work. Get it right the first time! Mouseover the pictures below to see the description.

 

Amy and Michael

20100626_M_0035  20100626_M_0022  Rings on top of apple offerings

Sneaking a peek at Amy's preparations  Watching the groom's party arrive

One of the tasks involved Michael applying lipstick blindfolded to his groomsman  The other involved a racy new way of eating bananas

Tears flow from Dad as the emotions of the day hit  Beautiful candid shot of Amy  Tea ceremony

 20100626_M_0944  Waiting area at the Wedding Pavilion (aka the nicely decorated ladies washroom)  Waiting area at the Wedding Pavilion (aka the nicely decorated ladies washroom)

 

Michael treated everybody to a surprise piano performance  Amy enjoying the piano performance

  The guys, with the QE conservatory in the background

    Having a little fun at the formals

  Reception at the Dragon View restaurant 

Playing to "which one is the groom?" game  Playing to "which one is the groom?" game

The dipping challenge  The kissing challenge

Visiting all the tables  The bouquet just before hitting the chandelier

 Final shot outside the restaurant

Ceremony: Wedding Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth Park

Reception: Dragon View Restaurant, Richmond